U.S. Senators Todd Young (R-Ind.) and Rick Scott (R-Fla.) introduced a resolution calling on the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to move the 2022 Winter Olympics out of Communist China and rebid it to another country unless Beijing immediately addresses its egregious and numerous violations of human rights. Senators Mike Braun (R-Ind.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), and Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) joined Senators Young and Scott in sponsoring this resolution.
“The Chinese Communist Party’s horrific record of human rights abuses should not be ignored, and party leadership rewarded by allowing them to host the 2022 Olympic Winter Games. The Olympic Games are about coming together and showcasing the best athletes around the world. The Chinese Communist Party’s actions in Xinjiang, Hong Kong, and elsewhere makes such unity impossible. The International Olympic Committee should abandon plans for the 2022 Games in China and seek out a new host country that respects the most basic human rights,” said Senator Todd Young.
“Communist China is committing genocide against the Uyghurs in Xinjiang, restricting the human rights of Hong Kongers, and threatening Taiwan. Communist China should not be allowed to host the 2022 Olympic Games while simultaneously running concentration camps, violating human rights and systematically oppressing the people of Hong Kong. The Olympic Games are an incredible opportunity to allow the world’s best athletes to represent their countries and unite our nations, and under no circumstance should be hosted by one of the world’s worst human rights abusers. I am proud to lead my colleagues to send a clear message to the IOC: stand up for freedom and urge Communist China to do the right thing or find a new home for the 2022 Olympic Games,” said Senator Rick Scott.
See the resolution HERE.
A year ago, Senator Young called for the IOC to stand up for freedom and to move the 2022 Winter Olympics out of China and rebid it to another country unless Beijing addresses its violation of human rights.